A gentle reminder ...

The goal of this blog initially was for Mr. Mc to show his students and friends what he doing while in Pennsylvania and DC in 2011. Now it's being used as a place for him, travelling colleagues and former students to discuss edumacation and history related "stuff" as well as ... well, anything which pops into his head. Mr. Mc would never knowingly embarrass either the school he loves or the family he is devoted to. By joining in the discussion, he expects the same of you.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Some pictures from last night's walking tour ...

James and Dolley Madison's Home while they lived in Philly

The Madison's House
(Their house is three stories high but only the width of the door and two windows to the left.)

St. Joseph's is the oldest Catholic Church in Philadelphia, constructed in 1733. One of the things Dr. Lloyd pointed out was that this church was built facing an alley. He talked about the acceptance of Catholics in Phlliy as a 'don't ask/don't tell' philosophy.We often make colonial Philadelphia out to be a place where there was always absolute religious freedom.
There was freedom ... but right under the surface ...

Religious acceptance becomes more apparent about thirty years later with the construction of this Catholic church in 1763. This one, St. Mary's, is on a main street just steps away from the first one. Both churches, steps apart, have been active and separate churches since their creation.

Governour Morris was a leader in the founding era. He actually speaks more during the Constitutional Convention than any other delegate. He was also quite the ladies man. This is where he lost his leg in a carriage accident. One of the popular stories is that the fell from the carriage trying to escape an angy husband.

This is the First National Bank. The thing in the foreground is part of a sculpture of historic Philadelphia. The sculpture is designed for the visually impaired. The part of the sculpture in the photo is the representation of First National Bank. Two national banks for the price of one.

Christ Church.
Washington, Madison and many other delegates worshipped here while in Philadelphia. It is still a functioning Episcopal church. 

The Betsy Ross House

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